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“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.” Irving Penn

We are so excited about The New Children’s Museum newest art commission Whammock! by internationally renowned textile artist Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam.  We can thank Tomoko Kuto for arranging MacAdam’s first large-scale work at a Museum in the United States.  A visually stimulating array of bright, hand-dyed nylon rope crocheted into a large-scale, three-dimensional sculpture resembling a large hammock, Whammock! will open to the public June 15. The New Children's Museum has won the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to libraries and museums. The New Children's Museum is the only children’s museum to win the award.

Art Reports by or about SDVAN

SD Art Prize at the Athenaeum produced by San Diego Visual Arts Network
Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Art Walk Little Italy April 2019 Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Ruth Platner: Yom Hashoah - A Holocaust Remembrance through the Arts a Leichtag FoundationPicked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Sandra Chanis sculptures: FRIVOLOUSPicked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Passport to Dance produced by Encinitas Friends of the ArtsA+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer

San Diego Visual Arts Network has a new Ongoing Events feature page on the website. So not only will we feature any event listed on our home page and in on our calendar, it will also appear with an image on our ongoing events page until the event ends: https://www.sdvisualarts.net/sdvan_new/ongoing_events.php                                                                                                                                

San Diego Visual Arts Network is pleased to announce that Chi Essary has been selected as the new curator of the San Diego Art Prize. Over the next year Essary will be streamlining and restructuring the prize to focus solely on emerging artists, increasing the prize’s visibility and building public engagement. “I’m looking forward to streamlining the Art Prize and building its reputation and audience. It’s a valued milestone in the artist community and I’d like to build the general public’s interest in the prize and the emerging artists we have right here in San Diego.” Chi Essary, new curator of the SD Art Prize. “We feel really fortunate to put the SD Art Prize into the capable hands of Chi Essary who will breathe new life into this time honored award for excellence. “ Patricia Frischer, founder and coordinator of the San Diego Visual Arts Network which funds and produces the San Diego Art Prize.

San Diego Festival of the Arts is a multiple mediums of fine art and craft on Sat. June 8 from 10-6 and Sun. June 9 from 10-5. Waterfront Park (1600 Pacific Highway, SD 92101). SD Festival of the Arts has raised in excess of $2.5 million in support of 33+ adaptive sports programs benefiting more than 150,000 San Diegans with disabilities. More info Cami Tran 619.744.0534  

Adam Belt: Almost There is having his third solo exhibition at the Quint gallery for the artist. The works from ALMOST THERE include reflective paintings, sculpture, and wall and video installations. The exhibition grew from a creative wanderlust engaging the artist's connection to place, phenomena and concerns that arise from a lifetime of exploration of the landscape. The artist states, "… The works featured in ALMOST THERE are born from a return to the landscape as the source for my work." Adam Belt is a former SD Art Prize recipient.Showing until June 22.More info: info@quintgallery.com 8584543409

We are lucky to be living in San Diego County which has a set of Library systems that now supplies 3-d printers! As the prices come down we might all have these printers in our homes evidentially, but for now, free instruction on how to use Tinkercad to create your own simple shapes and Thingiverse to choose existing files is offered. The price of $.15 a gram is reasonable for a small object and a fun exercise. As machines get faster and more efficient, prices will surely come down. Contact your local library to learn more.

Swish Project is the newest space in North Park (2903 El Cajon Blvd) which aims to engage and inspire the San Diego community through art exhibitions, poetry readings, installations and live music. They want to make art accessible for emerging, established and international artists — while creating a platform for local artists to reach an international audience.  The space is managed by Edwin Negado (Gym Standard), Julian Klincewicz (Artist) and John Itiola (Artist/Musician). No website, but you can follow them on Instagram.

This past month, The Museum of Man has been celebrating the first anniversary of the opening of their exhibition PostSecret. Since opening in April 2018, they have received over 15,000 postcards. CBS Sunday Morning spoke with Frank Warren, the founder of the PostSecret project, and Erika Katayama, the museum’s Senior Director of Audience Engagement, about the origins of the project and how the exhibit came to life. We saw it live but if you missed it then a look at the CBS link above.

The Athenaeum announced the latest addition to the Mural of La Jolla project. Alex Katz’s Bill 2, 2019 is located at 7540Fay Avenue and was sponsored by Debby and Hal Jacobs; Larry and Tammy Hershfield . This mural celebrates Bill T. Jones, a well recognized modern-dance choreographer. Nine of the 30 artist in this project were part of the SD Art Prize.

Latin American Art Fair Fundraiser: A Night of Dinner and Art takes place on June 20 at 7 pm at Bread & Salt (1955 Julian Ave, SD 92113) $80 per person $150 per couple Contact Aida Valencia for more info.

The OH San Diego Architectural Foundation tour held a photo contest and the winners were announced. This is a great way to see a few of the details of our best structures.

The Lux Institute which is again between directors is still making progress. The new Reception Pass membership allows the membership holder free annual admission to all Opening Receptions and Studio Series at Lux for only $50 a year. This includes 5 annual guest tickets so you can invite friends and family! Their last opening reception of this season is Carolyn Case   starting June 14.

R.B. Stevenson Gallery is pleased to announce More Like a Forest: paintings and sculptures by Richard Allen Morris at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Downtown Jacobs Building which will open June 21 through Nov 3.

Congratulations to Hugo Crosthwaite who is one of 46 finalists in a Smithsonian National Portrait GalleryOutwin Boochever Portrait Competition. His portrait will be on view in Washington, DC for 10 months starting Oct 2019. If he wins he will get $25,000, plus a commission to create a portrait for the museum's permanent collection.

Eleanor Greer is featured on The Studio Door’s Creative InnerView series. She was the Business of Art Scholarship recipients for the Mission Federal Art Walk last year sponsored by San Diego Visual Arts Network. Other interviews can be found at this link.

Luis Garcia and Mauro Doñate have now opened their space Weird Hues to the public but are looking for a new site. Chula Vista is a richer district because of these two dedicated art promoters.

Do you miss the Mingei? Crafting Opportunity is a new exhibition at the Downtown Library which showcases works from the Mingei while its Balboa Park facility is under construction. Barbara Hanson Forsyth curated the show with an emphasis on mid-century women’s creation in furniture, textile and design. The exhibition is on view until July 28.

 

OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla announced a call for entries for its 28th Annual Juried Exhibition . The deadline to apply is June 7 for this exhibition which is one of the best juried shows in San Diego

By the time you see this, the deadline will be over (May 22) but the SD Airport is commissioning a $300,000 new art work to be sited in front of security fencing that surrounds a secured Airside apron area used by airline tenants for staging of cargo and ground equipment. The artwork is expected to double as a screening element and may take the form of a screen, wall relief, or multiple successive sculptural elements.

The annual call for artists comes from the Mission Trails Regional Park to showcase your work in 2020. The deadline to apply is June 30 for application. For more info: Vicky DeLong 619-286-1361

 

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RAW January 2019

A peculiar fact about termite-tapeworm-fungus-moss art is that it goes always forward, eating its own boundaries, and, likely as not, leaves nothing in its path other than the signs of eager, industrious, unkempt activity. Manny Farber

Art Reports by or about SDVAN

I spent the holidays in India,  extremely complex country with so many levels, and so many influences which have formed it.  It is not really a melting pot in the sense America is, more like a 10 course meal. Survival seems prominent to the detriment of culture. That is why it is so amazing that the culture is what one still feels ties the country together.  As the world grows so much smaller because of world wide web communication, I am not sure that the contemporary culture especially in fine art, can sustain an Indian identity. It can have India subject matter but not a true Indian individuality...I don't believe that exist anywhere in the world anymore as we are now so interconnected and influenced. If art is the harbinger of new things, then coming together to create unified art might sign a coming together of one world and a new sense of how we need to interconnect to have world peace.   I know that sounds preachy, but I think world peace is most important than identity.  I say that because I have a very strong sense of our self uniqueness and am not worried about that being lost.   

Great Big Indian Wedding: Cultural event that ends my year! A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer
India: Monuments and Museums
A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer
India: Modern and Contemporary Art
A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer
Barnsley House Hotel and Spa
A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer

The art world lost a valiant supporter with the passing of Ellen Phelan this January. No one showed up more consistently at more events than this determined lady. She did not suffer fools and has a very keen eye and was responsible for rallying the art troops any number of times over a long career. I remember her most for her efforts on behalf of the SDMA Contemporary Arts Committee, but I loved her stories of art shows she organized well before I arrived 22 years ago. She will be greatly missed. Beyond Blue – Mavi – Ma Vie: Irene de Watteville and Belize Iristay is not to be missed and runs to March 9, 2019 at The Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla. Opening Reception Fri. Jan 11 from 6:30 to 8:30. This exhibition is dedicated in memory of our great art advocate Ellen Phelan. 

ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station is proud to present a cross-border art collaboration installation with nearly 350 birds, hand created by over 350 school children across 7 schools in both the San Diego and Baja region. These art works will fly high above the ARTS DISTRICT’s Luce Court as well as in Tijuana. The project, Birds without Paradise, began with Oaxacan artist Manuel Molina as a way to raise awareness about the impact of bird trafficking. The project quickly transformed into a binational program focused on the theme of freedom (an increasingly relevant topic in the San Diego-Tijuana cross-border community). What better visual representation of freedom than a bird in flight?

We are excited about the Tangible Memories exhibition at the La Jolla Historical Society. The reception, Friday, Feb. 8th, 2019, 4:30-7:30 pm involves refreshments, a dance performance by LITVAKdance, and meeting the artists and seeing their interpretations of the historic figure they have been assigned. It should be quite an interesting exhibition with participating artists including: Tara Centybear, Taylor Chapin, Becky Guttin, Bhavna Mehta, Lee Puffer, Bridget Rountree, Anna Stump, Cheryl Tall, Kelly Telebrico, and Rebecca Webb. Exhibition continues to May 19 and is curated by Danielle Deery.

We applaud Brent Beltran, Soni López-Chávez and Chris Zertuche, (both owners of La Bodega Gallery), and Max Bojorquez (Diztinta Print Shop) who are publishing the new La Neta 92113. In their own words, “A free, monthly, barrio-based magazine. We will showcase the unique people, art, style, food, small businesses, and activism that makes San Diego’s historic communities of Logan Heights and Barrio Logan the culturally rich neighborhoods that they are today. LA NETA will utilize artwork, articles, interviews, cartoons, poetry, and more to highlight the people, places y corazón of these working class barrios.” We would certainly love to see more neighborhoods come together in this way and be financed by ads from the local businesses.

We applaud FusionGlass/Idea Field for creating new project and programs continually. They now have free video tutorials for fun projects you can do at home with a series of optional Project Kits to go with the videos. So you'll be able to do the project without having to shop for the supplies. The shop has exhibitions and makes Calls to Artists so click here to request info on both from Deb Solan.

Always impressive, Lynn Susholtz from Art Produce has added another exhibition space: The Cooler Room has had many lives since the building was purchased in 1999 - an artist studio, meditation room, beer tasting room - but its earlier life was as a walk-in cooler for North Park Produce. Now it exists as an exhibit space, artist-in-residence workspace, and anything else her and her team’s collective heart’s desire. First show opening Jan 26 features multi-media works combining objects from her childhood home in Houston with local materials.

We are looking forward to more reports in 2019 from the new art critic for the last 7 months at the SD Union-Tribune,Jim Daichendt.Andrea Lopez-Villafaña and Seth Combscontinue to write for City Beat. KPBS/Arts editor, Nina Garinis starting to cover more visual arts and Julia Dixon Evans has taken over from Kinsee Morlan at Voice of San Diego.

One last hurrah from Helmuth Projects as their building has been sold. Josh Pavlick the self-defined facilities resident will be presenting on March 1 Andrew Alcasid and his “architectural interventions”. The show will be up April fool’s day until the building is torn down for condos. We are glad they said it loud since 2011.

OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)

Becoming an artist that gets paid isn’t just about being able to create beautiful artwork; it is about becoming a professional. If you have a strong interest in being an artist and have begun to build a body of work, The Business of Art Scholarship may be the next step for you to navigate the complex art industry while participating in this year’s Mission Federal ArtWalk. The scholarship is a unique opportunity for an artist who has a body of work to showcase and is interested in selling their artwork during Mission Federal ArtWalk. To ensure a successful launch at this year’s festival, the artist will receive personalized mentoring from Patric Stillman, artist and owner of The Studio Door, and receive an exceptional media package provided by San Diego Visual Arts Network. The Business of Art scholarship is presented by Mission Federal ArtWalk, San Diego Visual Arts Network and The Studio Door for the 35th Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk [April 27 and 28, 2019]. There is no application fee for this opportunity. Recent scholars include Eleanor Greer (2018) and Mikaela McLeish (2017). Due Feb 1, APPLY TODAY >>>> Click here to download application. The Studio Door Preview Day on Jan 19. Noon to 7 PM with live music from A New High at 1 and 5. This Studio Door has survived and moved to a new Hillcrest location: 3867 Fourth Avenue, SD 92104 with new tel: 619-255-2867. Like a new year's harbinger it has returned to us better than ever.  More info: Patric Stillman.

Cal State San Marcos is posting a new faculty position in Digital Photography. They are interested in attracting applicants who represent the vibrancy of our diverse student body and who engage in digital photography in expansive ways that discuss important issues.

Call for Artists for the Spring Talmadge Art Show, Sunday May 19, 2019. $125 booth fee and with central cashiering and 20% sales commission for quality craft including: clothing, jewelry, pottery, glass, purses, furniture, painting and more. Artists must be at the show. Applications due March 1. Questions: Sharon Gorevitz 619-559-9082 Liberty Station Conference Center. Up to 75 artists will be accepted.

Each year the Poway Center for the Performing Art selects artists to exhibit in its beautiful lobby gallery.  The application process is now open and will close on April 15th.  If you/your group are interested in applying for the 19/20 exhibition season, please visit https://www.powaycenter.com/158/Art-Exhibitors  for more information and for the application.

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February, 2019

“Anxiety is love’s greatest killer” Anaïs Nin

The new Texture exhibit is now open at Adelman Fine Art until April 16 and it includes this new work Bunny Hope by Ellen Dieter.

Art Reports by or about SDVAN

Beyond Blue – Mavi – Ma Vie: Irene de Watteville and Belize Iristay at the Athenaeum Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Athenaeum's 'Beyond Blue' art exhibit in La Jolla can chase your blues away
Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
The Studio Door Now Open for Business
Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Pause/Play Fleet Science Center Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Courtney Mattison at Lux Art Institute
Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Winter Openings at OMA and the 1st Encinitas Art Night Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer  
The last two reports from England:
The Cotwolds: Purton and Cirencester
A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer
Modern Couples at the Barbican
A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer
 

Life Doesn't Frighten Me: Hope Inspired through Art at Fallbrook Library, March 10 - May 4, opening reception March 15, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm is based on a poem by Maya Angelou. This exhibit brings together stories, photography, paintings and fabric art from the perspectives of 12 artists; Kira Carrillo Corser, Patricia Frischer, Aldonia Bailey, Heather Hillard Bonds, Helen Redman, Renee Scott-Femenella, Brecia Kralovic-Logan, Adeola Davis Aiyeloja, Sergio Sanchez Mereno, Marilyn Huerta, Jennifer Colby, Grace Gray Adams. In partnership with the Peace and Justice Project, the Fallbrook show artwork from 40 students from Fallbrook High and CSUSM guided by LA and SD artists.  There will be a special performance by Fe Love, a Los Angeles award winning spoken word artist at 7:00 pm, a jazz poem by Aldonia Bailey and a flute song by nationally known composer, author, Maria Kostelas

Congratulations to Molly Paulick who has been selected as the San Diego Visual Arts Network 2019 The Business of Art Scholarship award winner.  Patric Stillman from Studio Door will be mentoring her and you will have a chance to meet her at the 35th Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk on April 27 and 28.   

Art Night Encinitas combines three civic art galleries opening their doors on the same night 6 times a year. That means in 2019, 47 exhibits by local artists will be presented. Enjoy refreshments and a mix of music, artist demos and more. A free shuttle will transport you to the Encinitas Library, City Hall and Encinitas Community Center. As Art Night Encinitas grows, it is likely to include local art galleries and cultural institutions. Mark your calendars for Feb. 23, April 6, June 1, August 3, October 5 and November 23 from 6 to 9 pm. Art Night Encinitas is presented by City of Encinitas, Commission for the Arts, Encinitas Friends of the Arts.  

San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery is beginning the 2019 Spring semester with an exciting gallery space located in the newly remodeled Fine Arts Building. The inaugural exhibition Looking Forward, Looking Back featured the work of 47 alumni that are presenting current projects.

Mission Federal ArtWalk is back for its 35 th year bringing San Diego’s Little Italy a weekend-long premier arts and culture event on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28. The free festival brings more than 120,000 locals and visitors to San Diego’s Little Italy. New this year to celebrate San Diego’s oceans and beachy surf culture, Mission Federal ArtWalk is partnering with Rerip, a nonprofit organization that specializes in repurposing surfboards to hold a Surfboard Art Auction. Ocean Tunnel at the Piazza della Famiglia is a 120-foot-long walk-through of painted canvas created by the Students from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Michael Rumseyone of the featured artists this year is a surfboard maker. Ruth Fromstein and Jennifer Hannaford (represented by Adelman Fine Art) are 2 more local of the 8 artists featured this year. San Diego Visual Arts Network and Artist & Craftsman Supply will be returning with the Interactive Art Project where attendees can participate in actually creating art.

This year promises to be a show stopper at The New Children's Museum including a local partnership with SDSU School of Art and Design students to refurbish the Paint and Clay Studio. There will be a significant new installation by an international artist Toshiko MacAdams “From the first time my son played in MacAdam’s "Woods of Net" Pavilion at the Hakone Open Air Museum in Japan, I dreamed of collaborating with her,” said Tomoko Kuta, Deputy Museum Director. Tanya Aguiñiga was first commissioned for The New Children's Museum’s grand opening in 2008. Then a budding artist from the San Diego-Tijuana region, she created Texture Forest and she is back now for an artist residency culminating in a reimagined Tot Studio.  All of this and more can be accessed by entering the Museum through an exciting new bridge creatively designed by Tijuana-based artist PANCA.

Manuelita Brown is one of three San Diegans to be honored as Keepers of the Culture 2nd Annual Recognition at the San Diego History Center in recognition of her extraordinary talent as a sculptor and activist through her art. She has have paved the way for future sculptors with her vast installations nationwide and willingness to pass on her knowledge to any and all who are interested.

The City of Chula Vista Performing and Visual Arts Grant has funded more than $1 million to Artists and Arts Organizations since its inception.This year’s grant cycle is now open.! More info: Lynnette Tessitore

We welcome Laura Mitchell who has been named Visions Arts Museum: Contemporary Quilts + Textiles new Executive Director The Board selected Laura Mitchell for the position after an extensive international search. Mitchell has 25 years of experience in academic and cultural institutions, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Luther Institute and currently, Hong Kong Academy. Originally from Southern California, she is looking forward to returning home and launching a dynamic new era for Visions Art Museum. The museum seems especially excited about her ability to lead a capital campaign. She begins on March 4 th.

Welcome to a new La Jolla Gallery at 1020 B Prospect Street 92037. Fresh Paint Gallery presents its first show: Personal/Political, figure painting by Patrick Brown, Billy Hawkins and Weston Riffle which you can catch until March 3. They feature emerging to mid-career contemporary artists, working in a variety of media, in solo and group exhibitions, both local and international. More info: info@freshpaintgallery.com

A one-bedroom unit for $970 including a large studio, a loft bedroom and overlooking the city and bay: Wow! Those are the aims of Space4Art once their new studios are constructed. Larger spaces will be more but units in a group work space could be a low $330 a month. Read the whole Voice of San Diego article about their meeting in Feb. Jonathon Glus, Commission for the Arts and Culture director, was there and restated his interest in making sure that the creative community remains in the city of San Diego.

Nicely furnished room for rent in a beautiful artist's home just one mile to Carlsbad Beaches is now available for $975. Super quiet, no through traffic and lush tropical grounds with pool. Only for one person who is quiet, no drinkers or smokers, or animals. Rent includes all utilities and use of the new washer and dryer in garage, barbecue outside etc. 

There are still questions pending about the future of Pacific View Art Center in Encinitas. A decision on confirmation of the plan presented by the Encinitas Arts, Culture and Ecology Alliance in February has been put off until April to allow for more exploration.

Medium Photo has presented the 2019 Second Sight Award to Tijuana based artist Mariel Miranda. She will lecture 9:30 am, October 19, 2019. Each curator, editor, and gallerist at Medium’s annual Review nominates three artists for the Second Sight Award, whose work explores new creative avenues and whose ability to speak about their work supports enriched understanding of it.

”The forthcoming World Healthcare Congress, Europe, which takes place in Manchester in March, will ‘have an arts, health and social change agenda throughout’ explains Clive Parkinson, head of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University, the UK’s longest established arts and health unit. With initiatives such as doctors being encouraged to prescribe art lessons as part of a GBP£1.8 million UK government strategy, and a trip to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts now part of the prescribing options for members of Médecins Francophones du Canada, art and wellness are increasingly being talked about in the same breath. As MMFA director general Nathalie Bondil put it last year when the Montreal scheme was announced: ‘In the 21st century, culture will be what physical activity was for health in the 20th century.’ Read the whole article on Frieze.

Tom Noel tells us“As some of you may already have heard, Hugo Crosthwaite is undergoing treatment in Mexico for stage three testicular cancer. His prognosis is not good but he is fighting this with all his strength. A GoFundMe Hugo page has been set up for his medical expenses, he has no insurance. Please help if you can. Let Hugo know he is not facing this dark battle alone” $26,969 has already been raised! And we are happy to report that the GoFundMe Roberta for Roberta Walker, Encinitas 101 Main street director bicycle accident victim has raised $111,060 of $125,000 goal.

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded more than $3.5 million to California arts organizations in its first round of funding for fiscal year 2019. Federal dollars totaling $3,572,500 will benefit 152 grantees across the state. A small part of this approx. $210,000 went to 11 San Diego arts organizations with $40k to the Old Globe and $35k going to MOPA as the two largest amounts. Does anyone else think this is a small proportion? But congratulation to those who are receiving NEA grants.

If February is the month of love then those of you who adore love and art with enjoy Two Art Collectors Who Caught Each Other’s Eye.

Is it really a museum, well no, but it is fun idea and with 3000 people attending the opening at $24 for an adult tickets, The Museum of What LOVE TOUR is a pop up money maker now located on El Camino in Encinitas next to TJ Maxx and Staples. It will be open until at least mid-March and you can see a full report on News8

The Flee Science Museumt will host a special edition of  Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar  on Thursday, March 7. This event is putting the "A" in STEAM by bringing a scientist and an artist to a bar to engage in interesting conversations with patrons. Check to see if they'll be at your favorite watering holes throughout the county. 

OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)

The International Friendship Commission (IFC) of the City of Chula Vista is now accepting applications for the 2019 Ambassador Program with Sister City Odawara, Japan. Four exchange young people between the ages of 18 and 23 will be selected and hosted in each city. Candidates must be in college or college bound, or be young professionals and must be Chula Vista residents. The IFC provides up to $1,000 travel stipend toward airfare. US Ambassadors will be in Odawara, Japan, August 1-13, and the Japanese Ambassadors will be in Chula Vista August 13-23. Application must be completed by 5 p.m. on March 11, 2019. For more information, please contact Cultural Arts Manager Lynnette Tessitore at 619.409.5465.

Carlsbad’s Front Porch Gallery Annual Open Juried competition showcasing the best of what San Diego County artists are currently creating is currently calling for applications. Featuring a wide variety of mediums such as painting, sculpture, mixed media, fiber art, photography, ceramics, basketry, mosaic, etc, this competitive exhibit is highly anticipated by artists as well as the community at large. More info: Julie Weaverling 760-795-6120

56th annual Lenten Art Show at St. Mark\'s United Methodist Church from March 10 to April 21 with a reception on March 16. All media juried art show $15 for 1st work, $7 each 2nd & 3rd work Donation 20% of any work sold; price set by artist. More info: Judy Edelblute 858-278-0255

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“I have always stood in awe of the camera. I recognize it for the instrument it is, part Stradivarius, part scalpel.” Irving Penn

R. B. Stevenson Gallery (above left) is showing Becoming Visible by San Diego artist Stephen P. Curry. This exhibition represents his first solo show with the gallery and the gallery is now in its new space in the same building. The artist will feature new paintings will remain on view thru April 6 th.  

Doug Simay (above right) is offering a great Manny Farber construction Check the Leader, 1984, oil on board, 45 x 84 inches for $12,000 USD. Farber made few constructions (perhaps just nine). This construction was in a Farber retrospective at the MOCA Los Angeles called, One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art just this year. Simay cannot accommodate it in his art storage any longer. Contact doug@simayspace.com

Art Reports by or about SDVAN

Tangible Memories at La Jolla Historical Society and La Jolla Daughter and Father Artist. Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Life Doesn't Frighten Me: Hope Inspired through Art at Fallbrook Library Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Desert X from Palm Springs to the Salton Sea
Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
 

Remember Molly Paulick  who has been selected as the San Diego Visual Arts Network 2019 The Business of Art Scholarship award winner will be featured at the 35th Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk on April 27 and 28.  Patric Stillman from Studio Door has mentored her for this opportunity.

Young Arts Patrons Ice CreamSocial is at the Studio Door on Sat. April 13 from 11 am to 12:30. This is the kickoff event for arts patrons and philanthropists who are under 40 and interested in becoming informed donors. Have fun, meet the next generation of local artists and educate yourself on how to support the creative community. Artist: Alfa_Kat, who has learned how to utilize Instagram to sell her art, was recently interviewed on KPBS and is our youngest studio artist. Special Guest: Patricia Frischer of San Diego Visual Arts Network will present the secrets of collecting art. More info: Patric Stillman  619-255-2867

Starting in 2019, April will officially be Arts, Culture and Creativity Month in the state of California. Want to get involved? Check out the Californians for the ArtsWays to Engage Guide. Want to attend advocacy training? Register today and they will alert you when there is one coming to your community or sign up for a webinar. Got a compelling video or narrative about your public arts program? Share your “Arts Impact Story”? We especially want to support Governor’s Newsom permanent funding increase of $10 million to the California Arts Council.  

We are so proud of Bhavna Mehta who has worked nonstop since her SD Art Prize in 2014. Art Produce announced her as a 2019 resident at the gallery beginning May 31 with a collaborative performance with Monarch School students.

We are excited to see Carpet Showroom: New Jean Lowe Installation at the Quint Gallery which was shown at the Palm Spring Art Fair and is now on view locally. It is showing at the same time as Michael James Armstrong: Line and Fuzz until April 13.

Mark Stuart is new President and Executive Director of The SD Foundation. He is local and was at the SD Zoo Global as their main fundraiser and made an astonishing $530 million globally in the last 13 years. We don’t know his position on the arts, but he does seem competent. We would need to tell him Art is good for his health! When this new job gets tough, take 2 aspirin and go to a museum.

It was great fun to see the future home of the Comic Con Museum in the old 68,000 square foot Hall of Champions museum building in Balboa Park. They showed a very fun display of 50 years of Comic Con program covers. But it may be 2022 before they open their doors as they are still fundraising for this venture. We were there to celebrate at the annual Balboa Park Cultural Partnership party.We learned about all sorts of new programs starting in the park and one of my favorites was 9 new countries being added in 5 new buildings in the International Cottages of the Hall of Nations. This will brings the total up to 32.Ground breaking is soon. They will eventually be opened on Sat and Sun from noon to 5 pm like all the existing cottages, but you can watch for special events/classes/demos within each one. There was also news about the renovations at the Mingei Museum, new lighting for the Botanical Gardens (shall we hold our breath, this was proposed in 2014!) and the addition of the new Sanford Children Zoo.

Please help Space 4 Art if you are an artist by filling out thisSURVEY. They need at least 200 artists so that they can move forward and prove Space 4 Art is a needed facility in San Diego.We know affordable housing and studio space is on the top of the list for so many of you, so please take just 5 minutes to give this helpful hand.  

Many of us have seen the butterflies flitting through our neighborhoods, but 100 bird sculptures have traveled from Liberty Station to Seaport Village. The Birds Without Paradise installation will be on display until April. Manuel Molina is the artist in collaboration with the San Diego-Tijuana Smart Boarder Coalition, and 350 students from San Diego Unified School District painted these birds and were funded by Vesta.

The  2019 SD Airport Arts Master Plan and associated Policy recommendations were approved unanimously by the Airport Authority Board putting another arts master plan in affect. It would be great to see Arts Master Plan for every city and major entity in SD County.

OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)

Del Mar Art Center Gallery (1101 Camino del Norte 92014) is making a call for new member artists. DMAC is offering both full and limited membership. Open to all emerging artists living in San Diego region. No craft or functional art Submission of artwork is 5 jpg images of art completed within the last three years. More info: Maidy Morhous  858-259-0234

Museum and Arts Growing Escondido Culture (MAGEC) is looking for talented artists to exhibit and sell your work at Art in the Garden. This is a juried show located in Heritage Garden adjacent to the Grand Avenue Street Festival in Escondido on Sunday May 19, 2019 9am-5pm. $10.00 application fee and a further space fee for those accepted of $55 for approx. 10’x 10’ booth. Application deadline is May 4. More info Carol Rogers 760-715-4958

Mission Federal ArtWalk needs 250 volunteers this year on April 27 & April 28. You'll get to meet artists who travel from all over the US and Mexico, and assist with a variety of tasks, from set up, to assisting with a charity auction and more.  There are fabulous perks as well. Minimum age to volunteer is 16 years. Learn more and sign up here! Spaces are also still available for fine artists for the 35th annual festival Italy district, Each participating artist has a dedicated page on their website, www.missionfederalartwalk.org. Photography and Jewelry categories are currently full.  Applications are available for all other mediums.  Apply online today by clicking here.

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April 2019

“(My art)…has as much to do with re-acting as acting” Julian Schnabel

Passport to Dance: One Evening, Five Countries takes place on Sat, May 11, 7 pm – 9 pm. Presented byEncinitas Friends of the Arts(EFA) at the Encinitas Community Center(1140 Oakcrest Park Drive). Take a journey with the EFA to celebrate Indonesia, China, Spain, Ireland and America, through dance, live music and visual arts. Featuring: Flamenco Arana, LITVAKdance Company, Malone Academy of Irish Dance, Pete Polansky on fiddle and friends, Blue Ming Chinese Dance Company and Ni Wayan Ekarini, Balinese Spiritual Journey and Wren Polansky I am American art exhibition. This is a fundraiser for Public Art and Arts Education in Encinitas, Global items for sale at the marketplace including refreshments. Passport to Dance-Tickets.

Art Reports by or about SDVAN

Minoru Obira at Lux Art Institute and Jean Lowe Carpet Showroom at Quint Picked Ripe Peeled by Patricia Frischer

SD Art Prize  presented by San Diego Visual Arts Network at theAthenaeum Music & Arts Library(1008 Wall St. La Jolla, 92037) withAnne Mudge with  Erin Dace Behling and Robert Matheny with Max Robert Daily. This exhibitions runs from Sat, May 11 to Sat, July 6 with an opening reception on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30. More info: press@ljathenaeum.org 858.454.5872 or Patricia Frischer Now available for free SD Art Prize Catalog 2018

Remember Molly Paulick  who has been selected as the San Diego Visual Arts Network 2019 The Business of Art Scholarship award winner will be featured at the 35th Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk on April 27 and 28.  Patric Stillman from Studio Door has mentored her for this opportunity.

The Contemporary Arts Council (CAC) of the SD Museum of Art is holding its next meeting on Monday, May 13, with an artist talk by Irene de Watteville starting at 7:30. They are looking for a new chair starting July 1. Requirements: Must be a member of the CAC and the museum at the family level and have organizational skills as well as dedication to the committee but duties will not include producing a newsletter. You will have support from an excellent board. No salary but personal satisfaction and great friendships. Contact: Robin 858-794-7968 for more information. 

We are thrilled that Alessandra Moctezuma will be showing her own work at The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library Art Center annex AAC in Logan Heights at Bread and Salt. Identity I Antiquity alsofeatures works by Hilary Paul McGuire. The AAC will exhibit two of Moctezuma’s recent series: self-portrait drawings reflecting on her role as a mother, a wife, and a daughter, and political cartoon collages on the subject of America’s obsession with guns. Of Hilary Paul McGuire’s found-iron assemblage pieces, the artist explains: “My sculptures are like a group of wise and elderly family members coming together to say something new for future generations.” The show continues to May 30.

Studio C Gallery in Chula Vitas presents HINT featuring the works Carlos Castrejon. He for the first time present the conceptual theme of Purses and their secrets, a collection of paintings that observes the distinctive personalities of women represented by the contents of her purse or hand bag. Showing until April 26 th.

Coming June 29 to the San Diego Art Institute is Forging Territories: Queer Afro & Latinx Contemporary Art, curated by Rubén Esparza, founder and director of the Queer Biennial in Los Angeles.  This is an exhibition of Afro and Latinx artists in the LGBTQ community who portray themselves, their friends, and their environments as part of their queer cultural awakening. Before that Indoor/Outdoor start June 21- July 7 and is a pop-up exhibition exploring how climate influences paintings of indoor and outdoor space. It’s the result of an international collaboration between Southern California artists from the Feminist Image Group and Swedish artists from Krogen Amerika. Part of the exhibit will be at SDAI and part will be at the Athenaeum Art Center in Logan Heights. AND we are looking forward to Café Mingei at SDAI while the museum is closed.

Time for a reminder about Thumbprint Gallery. The have several ongoing events including first of the month Monday Night Medley from 5 to 10 pm at Urbn Coal Fired Pizza in North Park; every third Forward Fridays from 10pm to 2 am: Benefitting Progressive Causes at Bar Basic downtown SD; Draft from 5 to 8 pm: free life drawing sessions at various locations and dates but you can connect on Facebook HERE or sign up on MeetUp HERE.

We highly recommend the Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983 exhibition at The Broad in Los Angeles. This show was seen and reported on in 2017 as part of Letter from London Part 2. It is a powerful eye opener and honors the work of African American Artists. Showing until September 1 st.

The SD New Children’s Museum is one of only 15 museums (and one of only two children's museums) nationwide to be selected for the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. This is the highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to their communities. Watch this interview with the Museum's Executive Director Judy Forrester

The Jewish calendar designates a sacred day, Yom Hashoah, to pause and remember the victims of the Holocaust. The Farm House Gallery of the Leichtag Farm is hosting local survivor and artist Ruth Platner at an evening to learn about and view her enlightening art collection on May 1 from 7 to 8:30.

Have you ever wondered how to get a City of San Diego grant from Economic Development Department (through both Community Development Division (CDD) and its  Business Expansion, Attraction and Retention Division (BEAR), Commission for Arts and Culture ( through Funding for Arts and Culture Nonprofits)  and/or City Council Offices  City Council Community Projects, Programs, and Services  (CPPS). TheCity of San Diego Nonprofit Academy, which is held twice a year at USD, is a FREE, two-day training program designed to strengthen the effective management and organizational capacity of nonprofits in San Diego . The City’s arts and culture nonprofit contractors are encouraged to attend this program this year on May 30 and 31. But this year they are expanding the opportunity for arts and culture nonprofits along with artists, arts organizers to attend Digital Marketing for the Arts: A One-Day Intensive on Wednesday, May 29, led by industry-practitioners. The training program is geared for those applying to city grants but the second workshop is countywide with registration opens already open.

The Medium Photo 2019 Keynote Lecture is presented by Luis González Palma, beginning at 7:00pm on October 18, 2019. Tickets to the Keynote Lecture are included with all Portfolio Review passes, as well VIP and Festival passes (on sale in summer 2019). Individual tickets to the Keynote Lecture can be purchased in summer 2019.

We loved this article on Health Benefits of Art sent to us by the Art Academy of San Diego by email and reposted on North County Arts Network in their Loud and Clear blog.

RJ Brooks co-founder of Ship In The Woods, the volunteer run organization was solely operated out of the generosity of their main supporter who recently moved out of state to pursue a new path. They are asking for donations to continue their work as an independent, alternative showing space. This year they are dedicating the entire 2-acre SHIP IN THE WOODS property as an educational permaculture arts-infused nature reserve called “The Living Classroom”. The goal of the program is to utilize the arts and sciences to explore and discover nature while building cultural and environmental stewardship in the next generation. 

San Diego Book Arts is pleased to announce that they currently have  141 members for 2019. Check out their list of events as many of them are already wait listed!

Lux recently converted to a Pay As You Wishadmission structure which is based on a suggested donation ($5) for entry to the galleries. And the Individual membership was upgraded to include exclusive access to Lux events, such as all VIP Opening Receptions and Studio Series, 15 annual engaging events, free of cost. We are so thrilled with these changes. They are open Thurs & Fri 1 to 5 and Sat 11 to 5.

Art San Diego has moved again downtown San Diego at the convention center from Oct 10 to 13, 2019. The first international contemporary art fair was in Del Mar Grand Hotel, then it moved to the Hilton Hotel downtown, then to the Activity Center in Balboa Park, then to the Del Mar Fair Grounds and now it is back downtown.

Irwin Jacobs cofounde of r Qualcomm has finally had to back away from the Plaza de Panama project which would have taken all cars out of the center of the Balboa Park by creating a bypass of the bridge to a partially underground car park. Jacobs will instead concentrate on helping individual museums within the Balboa Park. Support by city councilman Chris Ward was needed and not forthcoming to revive the plans that were started in 2012.  

In New York, The Sackler Family has funded the following major art institutions: American Museum of Natural History’s Sackler Educational LaboratoryDia Art Foundation’s Sackler Institute, Guggenheim Museum’s Sackler Center for Arts EducationMetropolitan Museum of Art’s Sackler Wing, New York. This is all brought into question by the source of the family’s business i.e. OxyContin from Purdue Pharma. But it turns out there are two large branches to the Sackler Family. The ones that give to the arts have no connection to Purdue Pharma. But because the UK’s Oxford Ashmolean Museum, British Museum, National Gallery, Royal College of Art, Tate Modern, and Victoria and Albert Museum, this has becomes a major scandal and a major rethinking of art funding for the future. Many of these institutes have already said they will no longer accept donations from the Sacklers. Many news outlets are covering this story so watch for more updates. It would be a pity to lose much needed funding for the arts because of a need for juicy news items without fact checking.

OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)

Synergy Arts Foundation  is seeking six professional artists to mentor and collaborate with six young adults with autism.  These young adults have an established body of work and are pursuing visual art as a vocation.

Mentor artist will dedicate three (3) two-hour sessions one-on-one to create one collaborative artwork (18” x 24”) using the broad theme of “community”.  The balance of these sessions will be used to guide the mentee in creating one artwork.   Each mentor will receive a stipend of $350 for these three sessions and to help cover the cost of any materials. The collaborative piece, the mentee’s original piece and one (existing) artwork by the mentor will be exhibited at Foundry Gallery, Revision, Lux Art Institute, and Culture Brewing.  To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Naomi Nussbaum by April 30 for a final exhibition in September 2020.

There is a new full time tenure track ceramics/sculpture position at San Diego City College. Check it out here.

Volunteer beer servers are needed for the Craft Beer Block at the 23rd Annual SDCCU Festival of Arts in North Park on Saturday, May 11th. The festival is a community event for the betterment of North Park and for arts education. Contact Maximilian Guardacosta 619.294.2501

Front Porch Gallery and Oceanside Museum of Art are collaborating on a juried photography exhibit, The Six-Word Story. All selections will be shown at both venues. See the full prospectus for this no fee entry or contact Julie 760-795-6120

The City of Carlsbad’s Library & Cultural Arts Department is seeking a mural artist to create a large-scale mural that will be all-ages friendly and have a strong visual impact. The mural will be located on the west-facing INTERIOR wall of the Georgina Cole Library, located in north Carlsbad near the intersection of Carlsbad Village Drive and Pio Pico Blvd. For more info: Karen McGuire 760.602.202

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RAW May 2019

“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.” Irving Penn

We are so excited about The New Children’s Museum newest art commission Whammock! by internationally renowned textile artist Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam.  We can thank Tomoko Kuto for arranging MacAdam’s first large-scale work at a Museum in the United States.  A visually stimulating array of bright, hand-dyed nylon rope crocheted into a large-scale, three-dimensional sculpture resembling a large hammock, Whammock! will open to the public June 15. The New Children's Museum has won the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to libraries and museums. The New Children's Museum is the only children’s museum to win the award.

Art Reports by or about SDVAN

SD Art Prize at the Athenaeum produced by San Diego Visual Arts Network
Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Art Walk Little Italy April 2019 Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Ruth Platner: Yom Hashoah - A Holocaust Remembrance through the Arts a Leichtag FoundationPicked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Sandra Chanis sculptures: FRIVOLOUSPicked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Passport to Dance produced by Encinitas Friends of the ArtsA+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer

San Diego Visual Arts Network has a new Ongoing Events feature page on the website. So not only will we feature any event listed on our home page and in on our calendar, it will also appear with an image on our ongoing events page until the event ends: https://www.sdvisualarts.net/sdvan_new/ongoing_events.php                                                                                                                                

San Diego Visual Arts Network is pleased to announce that Chi Essary has been selected as the new curator of the San Diego Art Prize. Over the next year Essary will be streamlining and restructuring the prize to focus solely on emerging artists, increasing the prize’s visibility and building public engagement. “I’m looking forward to streamlining the Art Prize and building its reputation and audience. It’s a valued milestone in the artist community and I’d like to build the general public’s interest in the prize and the emerging artists we have right here in San Diego.” Chi Essary, new curator of the SD Art Prize. “We feel really fortunate to put the SD Art Prize into the capable hands of Chi Essary who will breathe new life into this time honored award for excellence. “ Patricia Frischer, founder and coordinator of the San Diego Visual Arts Network which funds and produces the San Diego Art Prize.

San Diego Festival of the Arts is a multiple mediums of fine art and craft on Sat. June 8 from 10-6 and Sun. June 9 from 10-5. Waterfront Park (1600 Pacific Highway, SD 92101). SD Festival of the Arts has raised in excess of $2.5 million in support of 33+ adaptive sports programs benefiting more than 150,000 San Diegans with disabilities. More info Cami Tran 619.744.0534  

Adam Belt: Almost There is having his third solo exhibition at the Quint gallery for the artist. The works from ALMOST THERE include reflective paintings, sculpture, and wall and video installations. The exhibition grew from a creative wanderlust engaging the artist's connection to place, phenomena and concerns that arise from a lifetime of exploration of the landscape. The artist states, "… The works featured in ALMOST THERE are born from a return to the landscape as the source for my work." Adam Belt is a former SD Art Prize recipient.Showing until June 22.More info: info@quintgallery.com 8584543409

We are lucky to be living in San Diego County which has a set of Library systems that now supplies 3-d printers! As the prices come down we might all have these printers in our homes evidentially, but for now, free instruction on how to use Tinkercad to create your own simple shapes and Thingiverse to choose existing files is offered. The price of $.15 a gram is reasonable for a small object and a fun exercise. As machines get faster and more efficient, prices will surely come down. Contact your local library to learn more.

Swish Project is the newest space in North Park (2903 El Cajon Blvd) which aims to engage and inspire the San Diego community through art exhibitions, poetry readings, installations and live music. They want to make art accessible for emerging, established and international artists — while creating a platform for local artists to reach an international audience.  The space is managed by Edwin Negado (Gym Standard), Julian Klincewicz (Artist) and John Itiola (Artist/Musician). No website, but you can follow them on Instagram.

This past month, The Museum of Man has been celebrating the first anniversary of the opening of their exhibition PostSecret. Since opening in April 2018, they have received over 15,000 postcards. CBS Sunday Morning spoke with Frank Warren, the founder of the PostSecret project, and Erika Katayama, the museum’s Senior Director of Audience Engagement, about the origins of the project and how the exhibit came to life. We saw it live but if you missed it then a look at the CBS link above.

The Athenaeum announced the latest addition to the Mural of La Jolla project. Alex Katz’s Bill 2, 2019 is located at 7540Fay Avenue and was sponsored by Debby and Hal Jacobs; Larry and Tammy Hershfield . This mural celebrates Bill T. Jones, a well recognized modern-dance choreographer. Nine of the 30 artist in this project were part of the SD Art Prize.

Latin American Art Fair Fundraiser: A Night of Dinner and Art takes place on June 20 at 7 pm at Bread & Salt (1955 Julian Ave, SD 92113) $80 per person $150 per couple Contact Aida Valencia for more info.

The OH San Diego Architectural Foundation tour held a photo contest and the winners were announced. This is a great way to see a few of the details of our best structures.

The Lux Institute which is again between directors is still making progress. The new Reception Pass membership allows the membership holder free annual admission to all Opening Receptions and Studio Series at Lux for only $50 a year. This includes 5 annual guest tickets so you can invite friends and family! Their last opening reception of this season is Carolyn Case   starting June 14.

R.B. Stevenson Gallery is pleased to announce More Like a Forest: paintings and sculptures by Richard Allen Morris at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Downtown Jacobs Building which will open June 21 through Nov 3.

Congratulations to Hugo Crosthwaite who is one of 46 finalists in a Smithsonian National Portrait GalleryOutwin Boochever Portrait Competition. His portrait will be on view in Washington, DC for 10 months starting Oct 2019. If he wins he will get $25,000, plus a commission to create a portrait for the museum's permanent collection.

Eleanor Greer is featured on The Studio Door’s Creative InnerView series. She was the Business of Art Scholarship recipients for the Mission Federal Art Walk last year sponsored by San Diego Visual Arts Network. Other interviews can be found at this link.

Luis Garcia and Mauro Doñate have now opened their space Weird Hues to the public but are looking for a new site. Chula Vista is a richer district because of these two dedicated art promoters.

Do you miss the Mingei? Crafting Opportunity is a new exhibition at the Downtown Library which showcases works from the Mingei while its Balboa Park facility is under construction. Barbara Hanson Forsyth curated the show with an emphasis on mid-century women’s creation in furniture, textile and design. The exhibition is on view until July 28.

 

OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla announced a call for entries for its 28th Annual Juried Exhibition . The deadline to apply is June 7 for this exhibition which is one of the best juried shows in San Diego

By the time you see this, the deadline will be over (May 22) but the SD Airport is commissioning a $300,000 new art work to be sited in front of security fencing that surrounds a secured Airside apron area used by airline tenants for staging of cargo and ground equipment. The artwork is expected to double as a screening element and may take the form of a screen, wall relief, or multiple successive sculptural elements.

The annual call for artists comes from the Mission Trails Regional Park to showcase your work in 2020. The deadline to apply is June 30 for application. For more info: Vicky DeLong 619-286-1361

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